As you know, the much anticipated adoption of Drool Prince & TheToddler has finally occurred! Sure it took 4½ & 2½ yrs but it's over and done with at last. No more dealing with DCS, no more asking permission to go out of state, no more asking permission for Anything. Loving it!
It's time to relive it - with pics. Be warned, there will be LOTs of pics.. Also be warned that some are taken w/ my phone which seemed to take craptastic pics that day even though it normally takes awesome ones.. Go figure.
First things first, The Toddler needed to get his hair did. You see the boy has awesome hair. Great curls that I love but cannot control. I can get his hair to look completely fab for about 3hrs and then it starts frizzing out. We've grown it out (and boy does it grow like a weed) because I wanted to do some braids. Ok, ok.. I didn't want to do braids. I wanted to get braids done. My fingers don't do the work quite so well, at least not when dealing with the sheer volume of hair these boys seem to come up with.
So a few days before adoption, I took him and got his hair braided.
He did not like it.
In fact, he protested quite a bit.
Thankfully our new stylist did not mind a bit and she did a pretty awesome job!
|Cute, ain't he?|
Finally the day had arrived.. We got up super early as our adoption was set for 8:30in the morning.. Ugh.. We showed up and waited.. Waited for DCS to make their appearance (even though they ended up having no part in the adoption, still scratching my head over why they had to be there)..
|That's Cowie sitting there w/ the kids :)|
|TheToddler was in a bit of a "mood"|
|closest thing to a smile we could get out of her.|
Cowie was sure to pip up "until they call you with those newborn twin girls" since she knows it's my not-so-secret desire.
Drama Queen, not to be outdone, pipped in and said "We wont' be in court again until I'm here for juvie." Silly girl, doesn't she know that she doesn't look good in stripes?
Finally everyone arrived and we proceeded with the adoption! Drool Prince wanted to be asked questions so our atty asked how old he was, did he want to be adopted & what his name was. He planned on saying that he wanted his name to be "newfirstname newmiddlename 'Fishing Pole' ourlastname" so our atty prepared the judge ahead of time. But when it came down to it, he chickened out and just said newmiddlename (which is what he will go by). When asked again he spelled his name.. lol. That definitely got a chuckle from all involved. I do believe we will change his name to FishingPole on the blog though, only seems fair that he gets it somewhere after all that thought he put into it. lol.
|He insisted on sitting in the judge's chair since we did it at Southern Darlin's adoption lol|
|Our completed family w/the Judge involved in 3 of the 4 cases!|
|Cowie with the boys, no longer her CASA kids.. now just her 'grandkids'|
Once the adoption was finalized and we had gathered our shiny new adoption decrees, we headed out to breakfast because we were all starved. 8:30 in the AM at a courthouse 30+mins away from me plus 6kids to get ready = we didn't eat beforehand. Sure I threw some dry cereal at the kids on the way but that doesn't count in anyone's book.
So breakfast was had by all. We had some other friends/family join us.. GmaH & Gpa J as well as WishyWashy and BabyMM came along :) I had planned on doing some family pics after breakfast but I didn't plan for
|Momma, TheToddler, 'FishingPole' & Daddy|
|Sisters plus Baby MM|
Obviously it was a long day..
And now it's over. I don't feel the least bit different than I did last month or last year.. They've always been my boys. The only difference now is that everyone else has to call them by their new names.. Of our four adoptions, these two were the longest awaited ones. I do have a sense of relief , a weight lifted that no one can take them ever again.